War on weeds: 'If you break off that root, then you just get regrowth'

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“Catchweed bedstraw came over with the settlers on the covered wagons,” Choate said. “They'd stuff gunny sacks with it and that'd serve as a pillow and when it got all matted down and broken up inside, they'd dump it out alongside the trail and if there was more growing there, they'd stuff it again and move it on down until it ran out again. Eventually after a few years of that, it moved its way west and here it is in Oregon.”

So, should you rip out those trouble weeds and shake off the roots? Not necessarily.

“They've pulled all these weeds and seeded hundreds, thousands, millions of new ones in the process,” Choate said.